Frequently Asked Questions

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Kimball & Beecher Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have questions about cavities, gum disease, or root canals? No need to go down a rabbit hole to find more information —we’re answering your frequently asked questions here!

Where is the nearest Kimball & Beecher to me? 

Iowa-based Kimball & Beecher has seven dental offices located throughout the Hawkeye state with locations in Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, and Waterloo. The friendly and skilled dental staff of each location strive to create a comfortable environment for patients of all ages. 

We are famous for converting nervous first-timers into regular patients who no longer fear dental appointments. And this isn’t the only transformation we’re famous for. Our dental services can help you gain the beautiful, million-watt smile you’ve always wanted. 

What does a dentist do?

The chief physician of a dental office, the dentist is responsible for reviewing the health of their patients’ teeth, gums, and mouth. A dentist diagnoses conditions, administers treatments, performs root canals, and educates patients on good dental habits. A dentist can also mentor dental staff, assistants, and hygienists.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

A specific branch of dentistry, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth, mouth, gums, and smile. Cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures include teeth whitening, dental implants, crowns, braces, straightening, Invisalign®, and repairing teeth. 

What is the best age for dental implants?

Your teeth continue to grow and develop into your early 20s. This is why implants are recommended after the age of 25, when it’s likely that your teeth have fully developed. Your dentist can advise on the best age to get dental implants for you or your child. 

How long can a cavity go untreated? 

A cavity should not be left untreated. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that may be due to a cavity, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If a cavity goes untreated for three months or longer, the decay can spread deeper into your tooth. If the decay reaches your tooth’s nerves, it can severely damage your teeth and cause intense pain.  

How long do fillings last in teeth? 

The average lifespan of a tooth filling is 10-15 years. This may depend on the materials your fillings are made out of. Your dentist can provide more information about how long a tooth filling can last. 

What are the signs of tooth decay?

Tooth discoloration and toothaches are the first signs of tooth decay. Some people’s teeth start to turn yellow or display a brownish color. Some teeth can even turn black. If you feel a sharp pain in your teeth or gums when eating or drinking it could be due to tooth decay. Let your dentist know if you are experiencing these symptoms so they can examine your teeth for signs of decay.  

Can gum disease be cured?

When your gums become infected, this is known as gum disease. This condition is treatable and may be reversible depending on the stage of disease. If you suspect you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, talk to your dentist. They can appropriately diagnose your condition and provide treatment options. 

What is considered a dental emergency?

Situations that call for immediate dental care include:

  • Cracked, broken, or loose permanent teeth.
  • Injuring your mouth, teeth, or gums while playing sports.
  • Severe toothaches that make it difficult to chew, bite, or swallow. 
  • Uncontrolled bleeding or unexplained swelling in your mouth or gums.

If you are experiencing any of these issues contact your dental office immediately for an emergency appointment.   

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure to remove infected areas of a tooth. At the start of the procedure, your tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to create a painless and comfortable operation. An opening is created at the top of your tooth and the inflamed pulp is removed. This area is sealed with biocompatible filling and a dental crown is fitted there to allow your tooth to regain its normal function.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

For healthy individuals, dentists recommend getting a dental cleaning every six months. During the cleaning, your dentist will also check the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Semi-annual checkups and cleanings lower your chances of experiencing a cavity, gingivitis, and other dental issues. 

There are some individuals who may require more frequent dental cleanings. This includes people who have diabetes, gum disease, or are pregnant. Your dentist can advise on how frequently you need to have your teeth cleaned. 

Does Kimball & Beecher have any job openings?  

We are always looking for passionate, friendly, and skilled dental professionals to join our team. Visit our careers page to browse current openings and submit a job application. We look forward to reviewing your resume. 

How do I schedule an appointment with a Kimball & Beecher dentist?

Scheduling an appointment with a Kimball & Beecher dentist is easy. Request an appointment online or call us at 319-235-6287. If you call us before noon CST, we may be able to book you a same-day appointment.

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